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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady! This week, we asked Scott about his favorites from 2015.

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Favorite album of the year: Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit -  Spry, smart, sassy and self-deprecating fun from the Australian singer-songwriter's full-length debut. Her "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To the Party" is also my song-of-the-year -- refreshingly indecisive in a world of social surety. Chorus: "I want to go out, but I want to stay home." The cleverness of her prose and exuberance to her brash delivery, often matched with full-on rock arrangements, is delightful. Signature lyric (from "Pedestrian at Best"): "Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you/Tell me I'm exceptional and I promise to exploit you/Give me all your money and I'll make some origami honey/I think you're a joke but I don't find you very funny."

Favorite song of the year: Kacey Musgraves, "Family is Family" - Funny and true tune with the typical bright tones and jaunty delivery from the 26-year-old Grammy-honored country singer. How can you argue with lines like "Family is family, in church or in prison/You get what you get, and you don't get to pick 'em/They might smoke like chimneys, but give you their kidneys/Yeah, friends come in handy, but family is family."

Favorite concert of the year, The Mavericks at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall - A sleeper of a show -- I've seen 'em before and enjoyed them, but wasn't expecting to be blown away like this. Raul Malo's voice was exquisite as you'd expect, and the horns were full-throttle and the Tex-Mex-Cuban rhythms so alluring. It was Saturday night, and the crowd was feeling good and totally engrossed in the music (translation: Not yakking and constantly checking their cell phones.) We got up and danced in unison, not because Raul told us, but because the music made us, and we were grateful.

I reviewed 75 national act concerts this year for the Beaver County Times. Also in my Top-10: The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Damien Rice, Foo Fighters, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder and The Decemberists.

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman sharing his favorite song and favorite album of 2015.

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Jamie XX, "SeeSaw" Feat. Romy Croft - Jamie XX, producer/mastermind behind British electronic rock outfit The XX, dropped his debut full-length solo effort In Colour in May to wide critical acclaim. The album bounces around with some different styles, but almost always, there's a chilly, particularly English melancholy coloring his sonic palette. "SeeSaw" featuring fellow XX member Romy Croft, is, for all intents and purposes, a new XX song, but it's probably Jamie XX's most dynamic and emotive song to date. He builds the track simply, with a breakbeat sample followed by percolating arpeggios of synth before Croft comes cruising in with her sensually cryptic lyrics; lyrics that sound more like she's forcing herself to feel something after some smoldering passion has withered away. One of my favorite tracks of the year.

The Alabama Shakes, "Sound and Color" - The Alabama Shakes' first album, 2012's Boys and Girls, was an above average retro-soul rocker that was, above all else, a showcase for lead singer/songwriter Brittnay Howard's incredible talents. But Sound and Color, the group's follow up released in the spring of this year, is a massive leap forward in vision and execution, allowing the group to maintain their sonic identity and influences while charting a bold, confident new direction full of limber, unexpected melodies, risky compositions, and an overall futurist soul vibe. The album's title track (and track one) is an otherworldly and beautiful song that shows what Sound and Color is trying to do in miniature: the humming organ/xylophone opening and proceeding relaxed instrumentation, Howard's dream-like lyrics, and unusual song structure, it all makes for a seriously immersive listener experience.

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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Pairings Nov 27 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!

Quilt, "Eliot St." - This Boston band has been bubbling under the surface of the psychedelic folk scene for a few albums now, but their upcoming "Plaza," out in February, aims to change that. The band is among peers with Real Estate and Woods, but they add a refined sound to their catchy, weird little jams that set them apart. Think psychedelic rock via The Beatles' White Album rather than The Grateful Dead.

Israel Nash, "LA Lately" - This is the latest single from current Texas resident Israel Nash — he recorded his new album, Silver Season, in the studio he built himself on his 15-acre ranch. As such, his folk rock feels wide open, his songs full of space. Nash is most often compared to a modern day Neil Young, and the similarities are hard to ignore. Just take a listen to the guy's gentle falsetto on this beautiful track. Guaranteed to put you in a great mood, and want to take a long, long drive.

 

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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Pairings Nov 20 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

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Santigold, "Can't Get Enough of Myself" - This new song from Santigold premiered a couple of weeks ago, and her album 99¢ will be out until January. As the title indicates, there is a humorous confidence in the lyrics, but they include some social commentary too. Sonically, Santigold has incorporated anything from indie-rock to electronica on her past two albums, so I'm curious to hear the range of the new songs. This one is dance pop with a reggae tinge, bringing a light, fun and summery feel for the fall.

Dylan LeBlanc, "Cautionary Tale" - Dylan LeBlanc returns to his Muscle Shoals roots for album number three, teaming up with Single Lock Records (including John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, and Ben Tanner, of Alabama Shakes). They let his songs shine, but hauntingly so. This song is the title track of LeBlanc's January release, and although it has a stripped-down, ghost town feel, the layers it does have are tastefully added and beautifully arranged.

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Jimmy & the Revolvers, "The Morning Paper" - Four lads from Liverpool provide catchy pub rock with horns on this scrappy, not-too-serious song about questioning one's decisions.

Official Burnt Toast, "Money as Debt"- Socially conscious U.K. trip-hop trio with some spoken-word poetry, lashing out here against a banking/financial system too willing to let people fall into debt.

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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Pairings Nov 6 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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